Monday, October 3, 2011

Hard Work Paying Off for Joseph

Some basketball players have god-given athletic ability. Some have sheer talent. Others have an unmatched work ethic. Kaleb Joseph has all three.

Joseph (Nashua, NH) has taken his game to new heights, and as a result his recruitment has really picked up as of late.

"Things really started heating up for me a couple of weeks ago" Joseph told the NH Notebook on Monday. "I went to the BC Prospect Camp and played really well there, and caught the eye of a few of the coaches there. The next week Coach Donahue and Coach Grant came to watch me at open gym, and the day after that I got the offer from BC. From there things have been getting better and better."

In addition to Boston College, Joseph now holds scholarship offers from other Division I programs including Tennessee, TCU, Western Kentucky, Fordham, Delaware, St. Bonaventure and New Hampshire.

"Pittsburgh showed up the following week" said Joseph, a 6'2" combo guard. "Then Maryland and Tennessee. Maryland coaches have been keeping in contact with me, and their head coach (Mark Turgeon) will be up here this week to watch me play."

Joseph was one of the best freshman players in the NHIAA 2 years ago. Then last year he transferred from Nashua South to Cushing Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts. He also reclassified to the Class of 2014.

"The transfer up to Cushing was great for me" Joseph explained. "It has helped me develop both physically and mentally, I'm more focused now. Being back home there's always distractions, but being around my teammates at Cushing keeps my hungry."

In addition to being around his teammates at Cushing, there have been other things that have motivated Joseph.

"I used to get kind of discouraged when I would see kids who I thought I was better than ranked higher than me, or getting looks that I felt i deserved" said Joseph. "Also, I didn't really play great in any tournaments during the D-I live period in July. I saw that maybe I wasn't as good as I thought I was. So that made me just work even harder."

After the live period, Joseph has put in a ton of work in the gym, and is determined to be the best player he can be.

"I started getting up early in the morning to put up shots" Joseph continued. I was just really putting in the extra work. Plus Vin Pastore has been showing me a few drills that helped get my ball handling better."

Playing ball at Cushing, and on the AAU circuit with the Expressions and Mass Rivals has helped Joseph take his game to the next level.

"Kaleb Joseph could be best described as a man on a mission" said Pastore, the head coach and director of the Mass Rivals. "It has always been known that Kaleb has great tools including athleticism, length, and a great work ethic. As of late, he has worked on his game at a feverish pace and has played with an extreme amount of confidence and aggression, making high level play after high level play, in front of college coaches and scouting services alike. Most impressive is the way he has attacked the rim, soaring down the lane from the point guard position for thunderous dunks."

Joseph is now one of the top rated point guard recruits in the country for the Class of 2014. He holds eight D-I scholarship offers. With his work ethic, and being only a sophomore that list is sure to grow over the next couple years. Despite all of the success, Joseph is not getting complacent.

"I wouldn't say I'm successful, because I haven't really done anything yet" Joseph concluded. I'm just taking it day by day, enjoying it and staying humble."

That's definitely the right attitude to have.

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